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Faenol festival gives trade a sound footing.


BRYN Terfel's 4th Faenol Festival has been hailed as the most successful yet with stars such as Elaine Paige and Jose Carreras joining the celebrated Welsh bass baritone on stage and more than 21,000 people enjoying the music and atmosphere.

The impact that the annual three-day event has on North Wales is far reaching and the festival is now a highlight in the calendar of rock,musicals and opera fans world-wide.

But its success goes beyond ticket sales and international recognition. Just as important are the opportunities it provides for the community to host musical excellence.

Bryn Terfel, who lives locally, is deeply committed to offering experiences that will have a lasting effect,especially those which inspire the younger generation to become involved with music.

As part of this drive to include as many people as possible in the musical experience,The Daily Post and Arts & Business Cymru's New Partners scheme joined together to fund an outreach and community programme which began during the festival weekend and will continue until the next Faenol Festival in August 2004.

The project enabled more than 200 people from local groups to attend the concerts free and funded young musicians from the late Lord Menuhin's Live Music Now! to perform in day centres,hospitals, schools and homes for the elderly.

Next year,Live Music Now! will work with pupils from four local schools, culminating in a performance at the festival finale.

The Daily Post has been committed to the Faenol Festival since its inception and has provided editorial support each year. In 2003, the paper was delighted to increase its support, and shares Arts & Business Cymru's belief that embedding the festival in the hearts and minds of the community is vital to success.

Arts & Business Cymru's director Rachel Jones said: ``Investing in the future and assisting in the creation of a healthy, vibrant Wales are shared goals of the business and arts worlds. A prosperous society depends on a strong economy and an environment in which the arts are valued underpins this to ensure its sustainability.''


Bryn Terfel is joined by Jose Carreras for the finale of this year's Faenol Festival
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2003
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